Paroxetine and Alcohol
Paroxetine is the generic name for drugs sold under the brand name Paxil, Paxil CR and Pexeva and belongs to a family of drugs known as antidepressants and are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
These drugs affect chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and are used to treat depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Note you must wait at least 14 days after stopping any MAO inhibitor before starting Paroxetine as there may be serious side effects.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Paroxetine advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have liver or kidney disease, bleeding or blood clotting disorder, seizures, epilepsy, narrow angle glaucoma, biplar disorder (manic depression), history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts.
Less serious side effects are restless, nervous, mild headache, drowsy, dizzy, insomnia, mild nausea, constipation, diarrhea, weight change, decreased sex drive, impotence, difficult orgasm, dry mouth, yawning or ringing in ears. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, mood or behaviour changes, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyoeractive, unusual bone pain or tenderness, swelling, bruising, bleeding from nose, mouth, vagina or rectum, coughing up blood, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, faint, rigid muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, faint.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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